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8 Reasons You Lack Motivation - and How to Fix it

Lacking a strong WHY

If you're not really interested in doing this thing (goal, project, etc.):

  • Don’t do it: Stop lying to yourself and just quit.
  • Find a strong WHY under the surface: If you can’t quit (maybe it's for your job), you need to find a way to think differently about it. 

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Lacking a strong WHY

If you're not really interested in doing this thing (goal, project, etc.):

  • Don’t do it: Stop lying to yourself and just quit.
  • Find a strong WHY under the surface: If you can’t quit (maybe it's for your job), you need to find a way to think differently about it. 

Your goal is overwhelming you

If you procrastinate because your goal seems too much and you don't know where to start, break it down into smaller parts. It will be easier to tackle.

Make a rough project timeline and identify the first chunk to get started with and within the first chunk, the very first action.

Not believing in yourself

If you don't believe you can do a certain thing:

  • Look at your past achievements and remind yourself that you managed to do very challenging goals before.
  • Identify your limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering ones. 

Feeling exhausted

If you've completely lost your willingness to do this thing because you're burnt out, free up physical and mental energy and reprioritize.

Rest, de-stress and sleep enough to recharge your batteries. Say “no” to things that are less important than your goal. 

Hold back by fear

If your fear is subconsciously holding you back from gathering the motivation to get started, try to understand it.

Get clear about what you are afraid of, how it is holding you back and then come up with a specific strategy to deal with your fear.

An unhealthy lifestyle

If you feel constantly tired, fix your unhealthy lifestyle and your motivation problem will take care of itself:

  • Sleep 8 hrs every night
  • Exercise every day: Even if it is just for 15min.
  • Start your day with a healthy breakfast and eat well throughout the day: fresh, healthy, unprocessed and nourishing food. 
  • Limit your intake of stimulants like caffeine, alcohol and nicotine

Too small or too big goals

  • Small goals don't inspire you to get out of your comfort zone.
  • Goals that are too big are overwhelming and you don’t even know how to tackle them and lack the confidence to do so.

Both ends of the spectrum are equally bad for your motivation and morale.

Being impatient

If you're demotivated because you thought you’d be there by now, understand that good things take time.

Focus on the progress and enjoy the journey, because it is as much as a reward as achieving your goal.

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Making excuses allows you to externalize your failures and blame something else. It also demotivates you when you feel the outcomes in your life are out of your control.

Taking up responsibility does the opposite: It leads to introspection where you can analyze what you could have done differently. It will motivate you to work better and harder.

How To Stop Making Excuses

It all comes down to the stories you tell yourself when you feel overwhelmed or fail.

If you work too much and don’t have time for fun, do you tell yourself that people demand too much from you? Or, do you tell yourself you don’t prioritize your own time well enough?

In one story you are in control, and the other you are not. Focus on the story you can control.

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“If you don’t change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?” 

Challenging areas in your life

Consider how you’re doing in the following areas:

  • Finances. Are you feeling financial pressure in your life? Do you have all the things you need or really want? How much money do you have in savings? Do you have the income you desire? Is that income secure?
  • Relationships. Are your relationships satisfying? 
  • Health. Are you taking good care of yourself? 
  • Fun & Adventure. Are you doing the things you really want to do?
  • Any other aspect of your life in which you’re experiencing dissatisfaction. 

If you’re not pleased with your life, a limiting belief could be the cause.

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